Monographs Details: Pavonia ekmanii Helwig
Fryxell, Paul A. 1999. Cavanilles (Malvaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 76: 1-284. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Species Description - Shrubs 1 m tall, the stems scandent (?), densely covered with hairs <0.1 mm long (the hairs so small the stems seem glabrous) and with a few larger (0.5 mm long) 3-5-armed stellate spicules on younger stems. Leaf blades ovate to pentangular, mostly 3-6 x 2-4.5 cm, basally truncate to cordate, serrate, acute, palmately 5-7-nerved, somewhat discolorous, the upper surface very minutely pubescent (seemingly glabrous), the lower surface densely covered with stellate hairs ca. 0.2 mm diam. and with scattered 3-4armed stellate spicules 0.5-1 mm diam.; petioles 1-2.5 cm long, with pubescence like stem except the large spicules more abundant (especially distally) and sometimes 5-armed; stipules subulate, 3 mm long, often reflexed. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, the pedicels 1-2.5 cm long; involucellar bracts 5-6, ligulate or narrowly triangular, 4-5 x 1-1.5 mm, briefly connate basally, minutely ciliate; calyx 6-9 mm long, subglabrous, virtually ecostate; corolla 2-2.5 cm long, reddish, externally obscurely pubescent; androecium exserted, the column ca. 1 cm long, the filaments 10, ca. 22 mm long, erect; styles slightly exceeding the anthers, connate nearly to the stigmas. Fruits ca. 7 mm diam., minutely puberulent; mericarps carinate and coarsely reticulate, ca. 6 mm tall.
Discussion:Pavortia ekmanii is characterized by a constellation of characters (see key) rather than by any one or two distinctive characters.
Distribution:Haiti South America